Water to all households by March 1

Sat 29 Dec 2018, 10:52:35
Come March 1, 2019, about 54.62 lakh households in Telangana will be connected to the single largest State water grid in the country supplying purified tapped drinking water though Mission Bhagiratha, the TRS government’s flagship programme launched on August 6, 2016.

The Rs 43,791-crore Mission Bhagiratha is an ambitious programme that aims to end once and for all the water problem that plagued the once-parched Telangana region, utilising waters from both Krishna and Godavari rivers. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had focused a lot of the administration’s energy in making the first-of-its-kind programme a success. All the 54.62 lakh households in the State have been provided water connections and are in fact, tap-ready.

The Mission has already started bulk supply of water to 23,947 villages in the State, with just another 21 villages to be covered, which will also be completed by the January 10 deadline. As desired by the Chief Minister, Mission Bhagiratha officials are on the field taking stock of the pipelines laid across the districts to begin water supplies as per the deadline.

Mission Bhagiratha engineer-in-chief Krupakar Reddy said about 49,000 km of main pipeline and another 56,000 km of intra-pipeline had been completed to ensure last stretch connectivity.

Project Secretary, Smitha Sabbarwal, who is also Secretary at the Chief Minister’s Office, Irrigation Engineer-in-Chief Muralidhar and Krupakar Reddy held detailed discussions on the progress of works on Friday. 

They also held a video conference with District Collectors where minute details of the project and the administrations’ preparedness were discussed. The deadlines for bulk supply as well as supply to households set by the Chief Minister were reiterated.

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